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Cognitive behavioural therapy as a potential treatment for vasovagal/neurocardiogenic syncope - A pilot study

Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Julia Newton, Professor Rose Anne Kenny, Dr Christine Baker


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Vasovagal syncope (VVS) is an exaggerated tendency to the common faint that affects any age group. Conventional treatment is non-specific and involves strategies to increase blood pressure. Patients with VVS are often unable to work or complete education due to actual, or fear of, syncopal symptoms. Here we present a series of nine patients with VVS whose symptoms had proved resistant to conventional treatments where intervention with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) led to significant reductions in reported syncopal episodes and consultations at our unit. All subjects postintervention were able to return to work or schooling. CBT is an effective treatment in those with difficult to manage VVS. Randomized controlled trials are needed. © 2003 The European Society of Cardiology. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Newton JL, Kenny RA, Baker CR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Europace

Year: 2003

Volume: 5

Issue: 3

Pages: 299-301

Print publication date: 01/07/2003

ISSN (print): 1099-5129

ISSN (electronic): 1532-2092

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1016/S1099-5129(03)00030-8

PubMed id: 12842647


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